The glitz and glamour of Hollywood met the richness of African culture at the 7th Annual Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAWARDS). This prestigious event, held on Saturday, October 7, 2023, was a star-studded evening that celebrated excellence in creativity and artistry.


The Venue: The Alex Theater

The red carpet rolled out at 4 PM at The Alex Theater, located in the heart of Glendale, California. This iconic venue, with its historical significance and elegant ambiance, served as the perfect backdrop for a night of recognition and celebration.


The Hosts: Keith Robinson and Lisa Yaro

Leading the evening as hosts were two remarkable talents: Keith Robinson, best known for his role in the hit movie “DreamGirls,” and Lisa Yaro, the Afro-Beats sensation. Their charisma and charm kept the audience entertained throughout the event.


The Distinguished Honorees

The 7th Annual HAPAWARDS honored an array of outstanding individuals who have left an indelible mark on the entertainment and media industry. Among the honored were:

  1. Eric Roberts – Renowned actor, recipient of the Global Cinema Icon Award.
  2. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs – Veteran actor, recognized with the Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment.
  3. The late Billy Washington – Celebrated stuntman, posthumously awarded the Trailblazer Award for Stuntman Excellence.
  4. Albert K. Dwumfour – President of the Ghana Journalist Association, recognized as the Media Entrepreneur of the Year.
  5. Lateef “Power” Kayode – Honored with The Ooni Of Ife Leadership Award, also known as the King’s Award.
  6. Zolani Mkiva – Internationally acclaimed poet from South Africa, received the International Man of The Year Award.
  7. Winnie Stacks – International Celebrity Stylist and Influencer, who was presented with the Visionary Award.


The Nominees: Recognized Rising Stars

The event also shone a spotlight on talented nominees who were making waves in the entertainment industry. Notable nominees included actors and actresses like Elisha Williams, Caleb Williams, Brely Evans, Paul Ben Victor, James Cullen Bressack, Rayan Lawrence, and many more. Directors, producers, and musicians were also among the nominees, showcasing the diversity of talent that the HAPAWARDS celebrated.


Confirmed Talent

In addition to the honorees and nominees, the 7th Annual HAPAWARDS featured incredible performances and appearances by some of the industry’s most prominent figures. Confirmed talent included:

  • Omarion: An R&B sensation known for his captivating performances.
  • The Zeus Network: A prominent platform for entertainment content.
  • DJ Sky High Baby and Scarface from “Baddies West.”
  • Joeisha Jefferson: Known for her roles in “All American” and “Snowfall.”
  • Bizkit Allen: A Grammy-nominated producer.
  • Teeflii: A Grammy-nominated artist who brought his unique style to the stage.

The 7th Annual HAPAWARDS was an evening filled with glitz, glamour, and recognition of exceptional talent. As Hollywood and African cultures converged, it was a night that celebrated the magic of creativity and artistry, leaving a lasting impression on the entertainment industry


HAPAwards is a prestigious event celebrating outstanding contributions
to the entertainment industry, uniting African and Hollywood talents.
Our mission is to bridge cultures, promote Africa and America’s beauty,
and foster global peace.
Under the theme “Honoring Excellence Through Creativity and Artistry,”
we showcase extraordinary talents from both continents, spreading
positive messages about Africa.
Through The I Dream 4 All Foundation, we empower less privileged African
girls and women. Established in 2017, HAPAwards has now reached its 7th
edition, honoring Ghana and celebrating creativity, artistry, and